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On  November 14 the Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program was recognized as the Outstanding Group Supporting Philanthropy by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Indian River County Chapter during National Philanthropy Day ceremonies.  This is a truly wonderful award, for which the Veteran’s Council of IRC under the leadership of Sam Kouns nominated Outreach.


The award recognizes the work of Outreach in providing financial support to non-profits in Indian River County, where last season we provided over $413,000 in grants to help our neighbors in need.  This award is for all our donors, over 300, for all our volunteers, over 100, plus Corporate Sponsors and is the result of leadership from our seven past presidents (Peg Keller, Liz Melnick, Mike Harrell, John Phipps, Dave Warren, Bill Hamlin, Susanne Sweeny and Doug Sweeny) during our 17-year history.


































L-R: Pat Geyer, Veterans Council of IRC, Dale Jacobs, President, Susanne & Doug Sweeny, Past Presidents of GH Community Outreach Program, Inc.

Missing is: Sam Kouns, President of the Veterans Council of Indian River County which nominated Outreach for the award



It is added confirmation that the Grand Harbor community is filled with caring and generous members and that we truly care about the folks who live outside our front gate who are much less fortunate than we are.  Outreach is an organization we can all be very proud of, and it’s success and tonight’s recognition is only because of all you do, your leadership and your commitment to our mission.

It is my honor to be a part of the Outreach program.


Dale Jacobs


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Camp Haven welcomes $13,000 grant from Grand Harbor Community Outreach

Camp Haven, For Luminaries Published 9:54 p.m. ET June 27, 2018

Grand Harbor Community Outreach helped the men of Camp Haven pave the way to a better life with a $13,000 grant to support the nonprofit's Pathways to a Purposeful Life program, which offers on-site professional mental health and life skills counseling for residents.


Camp Haven is a residential setting where homeless men can regain financial independence and self-esteem. They do so through a structured program of counseling in the areas of social and relationship skills, acquiring and maintaining employment, educational opportunities and reconnecting with the community in a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.


The Pathways to a Purposeful Life program supports the process of transformation from homelessness to community living by modifying life skills behaviors the men need to be successful before leaving Camp Haven.


Recent studies indicate that 94 percent of people living on the street have behavioral health or substance abuse challenges that are compounded by the lack of mental health and substance abuse services available. Education and counseling are the remedies for this dilemma.


With on-site counseling and support, the men at Camp Haven can begin to identify their dysfunctional behaviors and pinpoint the underlying causes of their lifestyle choices. As they work one-on-one and in small groups, they learn coping skills and alternative behaviors that enable them to develop the social skills needed to maintain positive relationships, obtain and maintain employment, and eventually rejoin the community as productive citizens.


“Having an in-house psychologist working with the men allows them to re-evaluate their lives under the guidance of a professional,” said Lalita Janke, Camp Haven executive director. “We're most grateful that Grand Harbor supports our psychological program because while at Camp Haven and their basic needs are met, residents can begin focusing on themselves; the men can change the way they look at themselves and their situations. Instead of looking from the rearview mirror of what they haven't accomplished, they start to look forward and can prepare themselves for a brighter future.”


“Camp Haven provides an opportunity for homeless men to regain employment, independence and dignity through their Pathways to a Purposeful Life program,” said Dale Jacobs, president of Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program. “The Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program has funded Camp Haven and this program since its founding in 2014, and we are pleased to be their partner supporting this important community organization. They provide a very valuable service to the homeless men in our county.”

Veterans Council of Indian River County awards first scholarships to Bailey Schlitt, Amanda Resmondo Catherine Caddell,


For Luminaries Published 3:15 p.m. ET July 4, 2018



(Photo: Veterans Council of Indian River County/For Luminaries)


The Veterans Council of Indian River County Scholarship Fund was launched in partnership with Indian River State College in February 2018 and was created to offer financial assistance to the dependents of veterans seeking higher education.

























The $12,000 Scholarship Fund included contributions from multiple organizations that support Indian River County veterans.


At the June 5, 2018 meeting of the Veterans Council, the first two scholarships were awarded in the presence of 24 veteran groups and civic officials, including Indian River County Commissioner Joe Flescher and Rob Medina, Military Affairs representative from Florida Congressman Bill Posey’s office.


The Military Officers Association of America(MOAA) was one of the veteran organizations contributing to the Veterans Council Scholarship Fund. Jim Rannazzisi, Indian River chapter president, presented the first scholarship certificate to Bailey Schlitt, who is enrolled at Indian River State College's business degree program. Schlitt is the granddaughter of a veteran who earned a Purple Heart in World War II’s Battle of the Bulge.


The Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program, another organization contributing to the Veterans Council Scholarship Fund, was represented by Kathy Tonkel, Philanthropy chair. Tonkel gave the second scholarship to Amanda Resmondo, who will soon enter her sophomore year at IRSC. Resmondo is currently working at three jobs while studying dental hygiene. Her father, Frank, is an Army veteran who served in Germany.


Veterans Council President Col. Sam Kouns (U.S. Army, retired) said, "These two scholarships demonstrate the beginning of good things the community can do for dependents of local veterans and provide a meaningful way of saying thank you to those veterans for their service. The Veterans Council Scholarship Fund is off to a great start!"


The Veterans Council of Indian River County is as a non-government, collaborative 501(c)(3) established in 1987 to support veterans and their families. The council provides emergency financial assistance, transition assistance, resource connection and transportation services to the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach and to appointments locally. Learn more about the Veterans Council at

Grand Harbor Community Outreach Philanthropy Chair Kathy Tonkel, left, presents a scholarship to Amanda Resmondo, with her mother, Tracey Resmondo. (Photo: Veterans Council of Indian River County/For Luminaries)

Child Advocate Award presented to Grand Harbor Community Outreach

On a chilly 45 degree January 18th afternoon, Dale and Betty Jacobs hosted a warm and cozy reception at their beautiful home.


The occasion was in honor of The Children’s Home Society of Florida presenting their highest honor, the prestigious David and Lorraine Thomas Child Advocate Award for the Treasure Coast to Grand Harbor Community Outreach (GHCOP). Mr. Thomas was the founder of Wendy’s and a lifelong advocate for children.

The award was presented by CHS’s Executive Director, Sabrina Sampson, to President Doug Sweeny.


GHCOP was recognized for its long standing commitment to children’s issues, including over 10 years of support for the CHS Transition Living Program (housed in Vero Beach) which provides housing and living skills focused on getting a HS degree or GED and employment, and outreach to homeless young adults who have aged out of foster care. GHCOP has provided over $70,000 to CHS plus Christmas gifts every year for their clients since 2003.


The attractive award was handcrafted in pewter, mounted on marble and is signed/limited by artist M.K. Shannon.  In accepting this award on behalf of GHCOP, President Sweeny, thanked all of our hard working volunteers and generous donors for allowing us the opportunity to help so many people.  The beautiful award will be on display in the Grand Harbor Golf and Beach Club Lobby. We want to thank Sabrina and CHS for this wonderful honor.


The Treasure Coast Division, which Sabrina Sampson oversees, is one of 12 divisions of CHS which is the oldest (115 years) private non-profit agency providing statewide children’s services in Florida.  To learn more about CHS click on photo to the left.

Grand Harbor Community Outreach Honored on National Philanthropy Day The Association of Fundraising Professionals of Indian River County hosted “A Night At The Museum - Where Philanthropy Comes to Life” on National Philanthropy Day. The event, held at the beautiful Vero Beach Museum of Art the evening of November 15th recognized six categories of philanthropy in Indian River County: Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy; Unsung Hero’s; Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser; Outstanding Group Supporting Philanthropy; Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist; and Outstanding Individual Philanthropist. G.H. Connunity Outreach was graciously nominated by the Education Foundation of Indian River County in the Outstanding Group Supporting Philanthropy category which honored groups that demonstrate an outstanding commitment of generosity through direct financial support or volunteer support, has demonstrated outstanding charitable responsibility, and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles in an organization and/or the community. We were among a group of nine distinguished organizations. Collectively, this group, last year alone, raised over $1,600,000 that positively impacted people lives throughout IRC. We are proud that G.H Community Outreach contribution was nearly 24% of the total alone. We thank our wonderful donors who year after year, create new opportunities for those less fortunate…the true meaning of Philanthropy. We would like to congratulate the Indian River IMPACT 100 who won this category's honor.

After-school tutoring program receives Grand Harbor Community Outreach grant


The Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program recently gave a $6,500 grant to Miss B’s Learning Bee’s to help fund teacher/leader salaries and provide space for the nonprofit program to tutor students of all ages. Miss B’s Learning Bee’s is one of several organizations awarded grants through the outreach program’s competitive grant process.


Miss B’s has provided one-on-one after-school tutoring in central Indian River County for more than 13 years and recently opened a second site in South County. The organization has assisted more than 100 children from low-income areas in the county to be successful and graduate from high school. Students who have struggled academically have gone on to excel in college and in their careers, and contribute to the community.


While a variety of tutoring services are available countywide, Miss B’s specializes in helping children achieve comprehensive proficiency in reading, math and science. The program gives children the opportunity to master the fundamental academic building blocks, which allows them to be successful and break the chain of poverty. The Grand Harbor Community Outreach grant will provide salaries for two teacher/leaders who monitor student progress, assign volunteers to students and assist students with homework or completion of Individual Academic Plans.


In addition, the grant will cover the cost to rent space at the county's Intergenerational Recreation Center on Ninth Street Southwest. Since the families of children tutored often are asset-limited, income-constrained and employed, transportation is a barrier to receiving services. Renting space at the iG Center allows Miss B’s Learning Bee’s to reach and assist South County children. Volunteers interested in tutoring students are always needed. Contact Executive Director LaToya Bullard by emailing


The Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program is an all-volunteer organization founded in 2001. Through a direct appeal to Grand Harbor members and residents, solicitation of corporate sponsorships and hosting several major events, the non-profit charity raises funds and awards grants to provide hope and help to Indian River County neighbors in need so they can lift themselves out of poverty.

2019 Grand Harbor Community Outreach Golf Classic

Jay Hoder, left, tournament chairman, and Tom Otteson at Grand Harbor's 15th annual Community Outreach Golf Classic.

Grand Harbor members enjoy lunch before the 15th annual Community Outreach Golf Classic.

Golfers warm up on the practice tee at Grand Harbor's 15th annual Community Outreach Golf Classic.

Grand Harbor’s challenging golf courses were under attack with 18-hole players on the Harbor Course and 9-hole players on the River Course as 123 men and women teed up for the 15th annual Community Outreach Golf Classic.

Catherine and Gerry Reichert wave as they head to their first tee during Grand Harbor's 15th annual Community Outreach Golf Classic.

Dale Jacobs, left, president of Grand Harbor Community Outreach, talks to the golfers as Jay Hoder, tournament chairman, listens at the 15th annual Community Outreach Golf Classic.

Grand Harbor's 15th annual Community Outreach Golf Classic barbecue dinner was attended by 174 people.

Grand Harbor Community Outreach raises $82,000 at dinner, auction for homeless families, veterans, at-risk youth


One hundred sixty Grand Harbor residents and club members attended the sold-out seventh annual Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program Gala Dinner and Auction on Feb. 7 to generate additional funding to support the events target groups: homeless families, veterans in need and at-risk youth. With co-chairs Susanne Sweeney and Diane DeFrancisci leading the event, the gala and auction, which took place at the Grand Harbor Club, raised more than $82,000 through ticket sales, silent, live and Angel auctions making it the most successful gala event ever.


This year’s theme, “Starry Starry Night” evoked Van Gogh’s famous painting with twinkling blue and white ceiling lights overhead and elegant tall centerpieces. The team of Kelli Martin and Sue Post crafted the elegant decorations in blue and silver accents, and the artistic theme was reinforced with special appetizers and cocktails inspired by famous artists.


The Art Auction is a unique tradition in that it features art work exclusively from Grand Harbor resident artists. The whole idea of the auction started seven years ago with a donation of two prints, which sold immediately and has escalated to donations of art from very talented Grand Harbor artists. The Live Auction excitement this year was ratcheted up several notches by local attorney John Moore III, a highly experienced and entertaining auctioneer. The top auction items included an eight-day luxury Caribbean cruise on the Celebrity Equinox, a week’s vacation at Nueva Vallarta Resort in Mexico, a private five-course Italian dinner for eight with wine, a week in a Presidential Suite in Park City, Utah, one week in a beautiful house in Biddeford, Maine with a private beach, a golf weekend in New Seabury Cape Cod and a beautiful rendition of Van Gough’s "Starry Night" by Grand Harbor artist Cynthia Kusmer.


Adding to the night’s excitement was a spirited Angel Auction contributing to the event’s fundraising. Rather than bidding for a single item, attendees could donate to specific groups in need throughout Indian River County.


“I am really touched by the outpouring of support for the people in our community,” said Chair Susanne Sweeny. “The level of generosity is overwhelming!”

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